While the official line is that the player has a groin strain, it looks as though West Ham or Newcastle will acquire the player’s services, although Brendan Rodgers will be focused on making sure Liverpool avoid any slip-ups on Thursday.
The Merseyside club are a best price 2/5 (Boylesports free bets) to claim a first leg victory at the Central Stadion against a side that were third in the Belarusian Premier League, something which will bound to be a popular Europa League accumulator selection.
Rodgers has included most of the senior players for this tie aside from Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy who are currently representing their respective countries at the Olympics, with Fabio Borini set to make his competitive debut in a Liverpool shirt.
The Italian is a 9/2 chance (Blue Square free bets) to score the first goal, with Joe Cole available at 8/1 and the former Chelsea winger could be like having a new player this season following a loan spell at Lille which seemed to give the former England international a new lease of life.
Gomel will be out to cause a shock in one of their biggest games in the club’s history and BetVictor are happiest to take on the minnows with their 9/1 quote about the home side giving Rodgers food for thought.